They’re cute, they’re fluffy and they’re one of the most loyal animals you’ll ever get. Yes, we’re talking about dogs!
From walking adventures to family occasions and momentous moments, dogs really do play a key role in our everyday lives.
That’s why choosing the right puppy for your home is so important. With the recent National Puppy Week, it got us thinking about the best ways to ensure you’re choosing the right pup breed for you. Here’s some of our top tips:
Puppies have lots of energy. They then turn into dogs with lots of energy! From toilet and behavioural training when they’re puppies and the need for lots of attention and exercise, making sure you’re fully ready to commit to being a dog mum or dad is the first step in your puppy journey. Getting a pup means sacrificing your personal time but in the best possible way. Just make sure you’re happy to go for walks, no matter the weather!
With so many dog breeds available, it can be difficult to narrow down which one might be right for you. If you enjoy walking and being in the outdoors, then maybe a working dog like a Spaniel or Vizsla might suit your lifestyle. If long walks aren’t your thing and you would prefer shorter walks and lots of cuddles, then a King Charles Spaniel or West Highland Terrier could be up your street. All breeds have their own personalities and behaviours so it’s worth reading up all that you can on the breeds you’re considering. Seeking advice from reputable breeders or friends or family with the same breed can also be useful. Or, quiz yourself to match your lifestyle with your pawfect match!
There are many trusted breeders across the country and your local kennel club or veterinary practice are good starting points for finding people in your area. Dog fishing is a practice where breeders sell puppies for profit when not is all what it seems; puppies may have been mistreated or have health issues. Always do your research into the breeder and your pup’s background.
Buying a pet can be expensive but the outgoings on your dog don’t stop there. Some breeders will have puppy insurance for the early weeks of a puppy’s life but you will need to source your own pet insurance for your pup. This is one of the first things you should do to ensure you’re covered from the start of your dog’s life and to help with any future health concerns your pet might have. Regular costs will include their food and dog grooming (if required) and while we all hope that vet visits will be kept to a minimum, visits won’t always be covered under your insurance. Toys and treats are also something else to think about.
Bringing a pup home is a big occasion for everyone but especially for your pup! They’ll just be little and will have a brand-new space to get used to. Let them take their time to sniff their way around. It’s also useful to understand your pup’s routine from the breeder so that you can follow their routine as much as possible as they settle into their new surroundings.
They’ll feel at home and be part of the family in no time. Let the fun, toilet training and walking exploration begin!
If you’re hoping to get a pup sometime soon then we wish you the best of luck in your search. Getting a dog is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Above all, it’s lots of fun! Check-out our puppy food collection and toys for your new arrival.
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